Police in China are looking into two videos that purport to show Peng Shuai, a former top-five player in the WTA tour, snorting white powder off a building’s rooftop. Police say the videos were taken in February, possibly after the Chinese Open in Beijing.
Both Peng, 33, and the official with whom she was spotted snorting the white powder told Chinese media that the videos were fake, but that the images were altered to make it look like Peng was snorting cocaine.
But cops said they suspect that Peng may have pulled off some sort of scam that would have netted her millions.
“In both incidents, we are looking into evidence on the person in both of the videos taken and whether there is a criminal relationship between the videos,” the Beijing Police International Patrol Association said in a statement. The association didn’t say how much money they think Peng made from the scam.
There are actually quite a few videos of Peng, in China and abroad, looking a little shocked or shaking, with more than a few seeming to be staged for the camera.
Here’s one from a YouTube channel promoting Peng’s new restaurant in Beijing:
Here’s another from WNBA legend Monica Wright, while the player is visiting the U.S. in 2013:
And then there’s this one from 2014:
Here’s another from 2006:
Peng, currently ranked 102nd in the world, started the women’s tour in 2000, with the start of the WTA’s second circuit. She won the French Open in 2004.
One of the two videos, which TMZ said it has viewed and is planning to publish, has the camera following Peng around from her car into a parking garage, where she knocks on an apartment door. When the door opens, she walks to an apartment on the roof and pours what looks like a clear liquid from a white bag on to a brown table. It looks to be a white powder and there are some scratches on the door. A man opens the door, pours a bit of powder onto the table and walks out.
According to WP, the manager of the building called the police after seeing the video and says he confronted Peng but said she wasn’t drunk.